So, you’ve gotten a start on your spring cleaning, and are ready to attack that bathtub that has been draining slowly for quite some time now. You’ve removed all of the hair that was tangled and caught that you could see, wiped away all the nasty gunk, and yet, it’s still not draining as it should. Oh no, not a clogged drain! You go for the plunger and try that first. Now it seems as though whatever was clogging it has been pushed down even further and nothing is moving at all. It has most likely formed a huge mystery ball of some really gross stuff that is trapped and refuses to budge. A clogged bathroom drain it is.
What next? Most likely, you’ll reach for that trusty bottle of Drano, Liquid Plumber or other drain unclogger that you have on hand in the event that a situation such as this arises. The question is, how effective is this method going to be? Do uncloggers really work?
Overall, Drano is a good product and does do a good job at opening up your drain temporarily. It’s great at cutting through grease and soap scum. However, there are downsides to using chemical solutions. By trying a plunger again if the Liquid Plumber or Drano did not work the first time, a splashback can occur. The fumes can be toxic and the chemicals may cause damage to your skin.
As a matter of fact, while Drano products are safe if used properly and will work in both plastic or metal pipes, there are many chemical cleaners on the market that are ‘acidic’ and contain hydrochloric or sulfuric acid, which can damage metal, porcelain and other types of pipe surfaces. These types of chemical agents should only be used by a professional like Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic.
While using a product like Drano is a quick fix that will save you time and a little money, eventually you’re going to need to get to the root of your problem. The longer you wait, the worse the problem initially becomes, and the money you’ve “saved” may eventually be applied towards a huge plumbing bill.
Unclogging a drain is actually the most inexpensive thing that a plumber does, and it’s a preventative measure in saving you money if you call them early enough. If you’re in the Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Hobe Sound, Florida, all you have to do is give Cooke’s Plumbing a quick call for an estimate. You might just be surprised at how affordable it really is and wonder why you hadn’t called sooner.